A friend introduced me to a role playing game (sort of) this weekend. It’s called Habitica and it’s a combination of a goal tracking app and a role playing game. The basic gist of it is that you list your goals and click them off as you accomplish them. Clicking them off earns you experience points and gold. There’s more to it than that (Guilds, Groups, Parties, Quests, etc) but I’m still learning about it so I’m not going to get into that here.
I’m rather nervously giving it a try. It looks like fun and it looks useful, but it also looks like a time sink.
You can play on the computer or with a phone app, and since my phone’s memory sucks I’m doing it on the computer. So far it’s cute and it seems to be effective. (But I just signed up for it yesterday so it might be a bit too soon to tell yet.)
Is it a time sink? Well… I don’t know yet. It takes some time to set up your goals and the rest, I suppose, depends on how involved you get with guilds and parties and groups and such. (There is a writing guild, so of course I had to join it. I’m not entirely certain what it does yet.)
Also, the FAQ leaves much to be desired and a good tutorial would help a lot.
The same friend also told me about Asana. It seems to be more work-team focused. (When you sign up it nags you for a work email, teammates, team name, etc.) I like the idea that you create projects in it, with individual tasks under that project to break it down.
Then again, I love that same basic idea in Scrivener too, and, um, yeah, well… Let’s not talk about me and Scrivener. I should probably just delete it from my computer. (And I would, but I’m too stubborn. I want to like it. I know it could be useful for things like… oh… organizing the disaster known as The Academy of the Accord. But it’s just too much.)
I’m thinking that Asana might be useful for organizing all of my WiPs and ideas and starts. We’ll see.
So, that’s part of what I was up to yesterday. Let’s see if I can keep up with at least one of them through Friday.
5 responses to “Goal Tracking? There’s an App for That!”
Just signed up for it. I love that it’s both mobile as well as online because that means I can access it while at work (where I’m not supposed to be online for personal use).
If my phone’s memory didn’t suck I might do the phone app but for now I’m doing on PC only.
Interesting. I wonder if that could be away to get my ass moving on goals. I might have to check it out. Is it a free app?
Yes, it’s free.
Definitely might have to check it out then. Let me know how it works for you.